Twisting Tuesday

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.”

William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice


I have written this famous passage many times in this blog to remind everyone that I am only human. Apparently, I missed a hell of a football game last night as the Baltimore Ravens blew a 14-point lead, saw the reigning league MVP leave the game with cramps, only to have him return and lead the Ravens to a last-second 47-42 win–and season sweep–over divisional rival Cleveland.

Although I am not following football closely anymore, I always enjoy when the Ravens beat the Browns, which is often. The Ravens are 22-4 against the Browns under current Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh. Why do I enjoy these wins?

One reason is that when I worked for the Padres a young co-worker went ballistic when I showed up at a game wearing a Ravens uniform jersey. She was from Cleveland and a big Browns fan. She was also quite attractive and, how can I write this, quite the tease.

After I resigned from the Padres I received a vulgar card from her about the Ravens and owner Art Modell. What did I do? I watched the Ravens win the Super Bowl the very next season.

I really wanted to rub the Super Bowl win in her face as I wanted to do 12 years later when the Ravens won the Super Bowl again. However, I did not do so on either occasion.

Although I have torpedoed myself by acting impulsively far too often for someone who is supposed to be intelligent, in these instances I did not allow myself to stoop to her level. Still, I am only human.


Here is part of a review of a book I co-authored, one about the greatest baseball teams of all time:


“Ultimately, the last word in applying logic to a game of art belongs to [me], who notes that “so much of what happens in baseball is just random deviation from an unobservable mean.” To a rational person, that’s poetry.”


The review was by Noel Murray and [me] is yours truly. Explain again why baseball, football and the rest of the American job infrastructure have classified me as obsolete. “If you prick us, do we not bleed?” Yes, I wish I could exact revenge against those who refuse to acknowledge the depth of my skills and experience. I’m only human. By the way, that remark about baseball applies to life, in general. What happens is not the only thing that could have happened. Life is a Monte Carlo simulation.


How many of you have heard of guitarist Jeff Beck? He is one of the most accomplished musicians of the modern era and I am not damning him with faint praise.

Last week while listening to music on my iPhone, his song Diamond Dust” played. (I have the phone shuffle my song list at random.) I had forgotten how much I enjoy that song and have been hearing it in my head ever since. (Of course, I am now hearing the song in my head as I write this.) I have also played it two or three times a day since hearing it at random.

I don’t listen to music as often as I used to and I’m not sure why. However, with almost 800 songs on my phone, if I only listen for 15-20 minutes at a time then I am not going to hear very much of my music library in a day. (I still haven’t found all of my surround sound stereo components, let alone had the stereo connected.)

Here is the link to “Diamond Dust” on Amazon. I have read that Beck is not proud of Blow By Blow, the album on which “Diamond Dust” appears, or Wired, the follow-up to Blow By Blow. Both recordings were enormously successful; Blow By Blow reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Wired was also certified Platinum.

Anyway…some more insight into how my brain works or doesn’t.


I am beginning to think that while this will not be in the near future, my wonderful wife’s next car may very well be one of these:


See the source image


From Auto Evolution a picture of a Ferrari California T. The “T” stands for turbocharged.

Don’t get me wrong: she loves her Corvette convertible. It is entirely possible that, somewhere down the road, she could acquire a California and keep the Vette. However, she LOVES the California. You only live once and you can’t take it with you.









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11 thoughts on “Twisting Tuesday

  1. Baltimore welcomed Cleveland after the worst Commissioner in football history put a team in Jacksonville and not Charm City. Games this year in Jacksonville are not much different as far as crowds are concerned. Baltimore has sold out every game before COVID. As for as the obnoxious Cleveland fan, a sign at the first Ravens/Browns game said it best.

    Your name.
    Your Colors.
    Your History.
    You’re Welcome.


    1. Well written, sir. Paul TagliaBooBoo was, indeed, an awful commissioner and, I maintain, in the pocket of the now deceased Redskins’ owner Jack Kent Crook. In a rare instance, football justice was ultimately served. It would be another slap to TagliaBooBoo if the Jaguars leave the unworthy city of Jacksonville and move to St. Louis or London.


  2. If the Ravens ever had a decent quarterback, who knows how many Super Bowls they would have won. It is denied often, but great defenses win SBs.


    1. Thanks, Doc. The ’99 Rams and ’06 Colts are two Super Bowl winners whose offense was far better than their defense. What I can tell you, as someone who has studied the issue extensively, is that TRULY great teams excel on offense and defense. Relatively one-dimensional champions, like the 2000 Ravens, are actually rare. Oh, are you telling me you’re not a fan of @Lj_era8?


      1. The Ravens need to hire a “quarterback whisperer” for Lamar. I think he can be historic, but not at his current level of development.


      2. Lamar IMHO has the equivalent of a “strike zone” for someone who is 8’ 7”…unfortunately that’s too much variance for an NFL receiver. Once he tightens that up, he’ll be epic, again IMHO.


  3. I am admittedly not a Jeff Beck connoiseur, however a quick look in my iTunes library shows me I have almost 500 files of Jeff Beck songs, whether it’s him solo, with the Yardbirds or any of the various groups he’s been involved with. Somehow whenever his name comes up, I hear Beck’s Bolero in my head.
    I have no music in my phone. I do however keep about 33,000 music files in an external drive on my computer, good for 95 days of listening. Yes, some are duplicate songs (often because I have multiple albums by some artists). I’m currently running my Christmas playlist of about 2800 songs.


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